184644. Sir William Paston & 184645. Agnes Berry
1378, William born in Paston, England, heir & s/o 369288. Clement Paston & 369289. Beatrice de Somerton, d/o §John de Somerton. [Paston is on the coast in Norfolk.]
~1400, Agnes born in England, coheir & d/o 369290. Sir Edmund Berry & 369291. Alice Gerbridge.
1414, William called with others to mediate a dispute over the election process for mayors of Norwich.
4/1/1418, William, a feoffee of Robert Mautby esquire, given specific instructions in Robert’s will.
1419, William a witness to the will of Sir Thomas Hengrave of Suffolk, of whom William was one of Thomas’ feoffees.
3/24/1420, William married Agnes; receiving the manors of Oxned and Marlingford in Norfolk, and Horwellbury in Herts. [Date of marriage contract.]
1421, William a witness to the will of Joan, wife of Sir Thomas Hengrave of Suffolk.
12/29/1421, on her deathbed, Joan, wife of Sir Thomas Hengrave, request William and others to reduce the amount of money designated for her 2nd husband.
7/16/1422, “Grant by Thomas de Kerdeston, to … Edmund Berry, knights, William Paston, …, of the manors of Bulcamp and Henham, …: Suff.” (S) UKNA.
Aft. 1422, William, Serjeant of King Henry VI.
~1426, William was threatened with death. He declared his enemies to be Bishop of Bromholm, Aslak of Sprouston, and widow Julian Herberd of Thormham.
7/1426, William and Thomas Poye granted a market fair and free-warren of the manor of Shipden.
1429, William a Judge of the Court of Common Pleas with a salary of 110 marks [£73, 6s, 8d.], with 2 robes more than the ordinary allowance.
8/24/1432, “Grant by John Aslak, of Crosthweyt, … called 'Stalham Halle', …, which the grantors had of the feoffment of Edmund Berry, knight, William Paston, of Paston, …” (S) UKNA.
9/30/1433, William named supervisor in his father-in-law’s will.
2/16/1434, “1. John Tyrell, kt. 2. Brian Stapilton, kt. John Cottesmore. William Paston. (1) to (2), custody of land (10a.) in Aldeburgh formerly of John Mauteby, esq., deceased.” (S) UKNA.
8/7/1437, “Memorandum, … a grant of Letters of Patents made by Henry the Sixth, … that William Paston … was Sergeant to Hen. the Fourth & Hen. the Fifth, and was one of the Judges of Hen. the Sixth the same year. … That he should not be sent beyond the seas, Nor should be returned of any Jury of attaint ; and besides this there is sett downe that he was of the said King’s Councell for the Duchy of Lancaster.”
1440, Agnes wrote a letter to William about the gentlewoman, an acquaintance of her son John.
1442, Eleanor, widow of Robert Mauteby, wrote to William from Wilby, Northamptonshire.
1/1444, William wrote his will.
8/14/1444, William died, buried in the chapel of Our Lady of Norwich Cathredal. He had possession of East Beckham, Oxnead, Shipden and Ropers in Cromerk, Gresham, Woodhall in Great Palgrave, and Sporle and Sheethall in Cressingham.
Aft. 9/15/1444, A letter of Sir Roger Chamberleyn informs Agnes of the conditions associated with Sir William selling the manor of Walsham.
2/4/1445, Agnes wrote a letter to her son Edmond in law school. Agnes mentions their property in Trunch. (S) The Paston Letters, Davis, 1999, P8. [Edmond died 3/21/1449 in London.]
By 1466, Agnes had created the manor Paston from the lands of Clement Paston, Bromholm Priory, and Hugh atte Fenn.
By 1449, Agnes wrote a letter to her son John. (S) The Paston Letters, Davis, 1999, P22.
1454, Agnes made an indenture with her son John for her daughter Elizabeth to marry John Clopton, paying 400 marks.
Aft. 1469, Agnes moved from Paston to live with her son William in London.
Agnes wrote her will: “A note taken out of the last Will & Testamt of Agnes Berrye, wife to Justice Paston, proving her descent from Gerbredge and Berrye, viz., Also I bequesth to the whight fryers of ye said City of Norwich, for I am there a suster, to helpe to pay hir debts xxli, wch I will be gathered of the arrerage of my lyvelode. Also I bequeath to the Auter of Gracion of the said House, wheras mine husband and I have a ppetuall masse, a vestment which they have for a Prist to judge in of rede satern. Also to the mendinge of ye chappell of our Ladie within the said place, wheras Sr Thomas Gerbredge, my grandfather, & Dame Elizabeth his wife, & Sr Edmond Berrye, my father, & Dame Alice his wife, be buried, and Clement Paston, my sonn.”
8/1479, Agnes died; buried beside William. [The chapel was demolished between 1573–1589.]
(S) A Gen. and Heraldic Hist. … Burke, 1888, P401. (S) The Paston Letters, A.D. 1422-1509, Gairdner, 1904. (S) De Laudibus Legum Angliae:, Fortescue, 1999, Pxiii. (S) DNB, Stephen, 1895. (S) Norfolk Archaeology, V4, 1855. (S) Agnes’ Pedigree. (S) The Paston Family in the Fifteenth Century, Richmond, 2000.
• William’s names appears in court records every year between 1429 and his death.
Children of William and Agnes: [5 sons, 2 daughters]
i. Sir John Paston, born 10/10/1421 in England.
1441, John, age 19, married Margaret Mawtby, heir & d/o John, age 18.
1459, John made an agreement with John Fastolf to build a college at Caister for a fee of 4000 marks.
9/20/1465, John wrote his last letter to his wife from Fleet prison.
2/1466, John released from prison.
5/22/1466, John died.
11/4/1484, Margaret died.
vi. William Paston (92322), born 5/28/1434 in England.